Downtown Dayton has enjoyed millions of dollars of investment in the past several months. To date, since the launch of the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan, the center city has seen more than $1.13 billion of projects completed, with another $422.4 million in the pipeline. Here’s a snapshot of some recent investments in the urban core:
- There has been a lot of activity on the west edge of downtown Dayton. Sinclair Community College continues to expand its campus and make improvements to the “gateway” to downtown Dayton. Overall, the college expects to invest $80 million into projects over the next five years. One of its most recently completed projects, the $31.5 million Health Sciences Center, opened last fall, and the new $13 million Student Services Center is slated to finish by next summer. Sinclair also has served more students than ever. A record 5,800 degrees and certificates will be completed by more than 4,200 students by the end of the summer term.
- MODA4 Design is investing about $500,000 to triple the size of its current 1,600-square-foot home. Currently busting at the seams at 23 Wayne Ave., the architecture and design firm is using clever strategies to grow its borders into the vacant space next door. One technique includes using shipping containers to create a bridge between the current space and the adjacent warehouse currently under construction. The expansion will provide new meeting spaces, a larger conference room and a virtual reality area where clients can view future projects.
- The Victoria Theatre Association recently announced PNC Bank as the naming sponsor for the newest project added to its campus that already includes the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, the Victoria Theatre, and The Loft Theatre. The $1.5 million PNC Arts Annex, slated to open this fall, will be about 12,000 square feet of flexible performance and educational space. When completed, it will include a 200-seat theater, large studio space for classes and workshops, and even rental lobby space for meetings, receptions and parties.
A recent report issued by The Great Miami Riverway stated there has been more than $274 million in investments so far this year. Downtown Dayton is roughly centrally located along the 99-mile stretch of water trails and bikeways that sees $500 million invested annually. New residential properties like Water Street apartments continue to spring up, and businesses continue to thrive. Mudlick Tap House takes advantage of the river’s amenities by offering the popular Monday night Tap House Floats, leaning into the region’s affinity for recreational tourism and craft beer. Use the Great Miami Riverway’s website to plan a river-side excursion.
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